Nigeria newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Sunday morning

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. Democratic Party’s candidate, Joe Biden, has won the United States’ presidential election after surpassing the 270 threshold needed constitutionally to claim the presidency. His running mate, Kamala Harris, has made history as the first woman elected as Vice President of the US.

2. The Federal Government, on Saturday, said the only massacre that took place during the End SARS movement was the social media massacre. This came from the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed during a meeting between a Federal Government delegation and Southeast leaders.

3. Joe Biden, the President-Elect of the United States has appreciated Americans for voting him as their next president. In a tweet on his verified Twitter handle, Biden promised to be president of all Americans. He, however, noted that the work ahead would be tough.

4. United States President, Donald Trump has reacted to the victory of Joe Biden in the 2020 Presidential Election. Trump in a statement, accused Democratic candidate, Biden of claiming victory. He insisted that the election was far from over, adding that Biden has not been certified as the winner in any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts. The Republican stressed that legal votes decide who is president, not the media.

5. Many Nigerian leaders have sent their congratulatory messages across to the newly-elected President of the United States of America, Joe Biden after he won the presidential election on Saturday. Prominent among those who reached out to Biden are President Muhammadu Buhari, Atiku Abubakar, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Olusola Saraki, Peter Obi and many others.

6. Southeast leaders, on Saturday, declared that there was no backing down on their demand for Nigeria’s President of Igbo extraction in 2023. This is also as the leaders told President Muhammadu Buhari that they were saddened by the sidelining of the region in security architecture of the country. The leaders made the demands when the Presidential delegation led by the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, met with South East governors, members of the National Assembly from South East, Federal Ministers from the zone, among others, at the Government House, Enugu.

7. The Zamfara State Chairman of the State Local Government Service Commission, Dr Mallami Yandoto, slumped and died on Saturday. Yandoto died a few minutes after Senator Ahmed Yerima’s daughter’s wedding in Sokoto State. He slumped immediately after the wedding ceremony and when the guests were rushing to have lunch. He was confirmed dead at the Sokoto Specialist hospital.

8. The youth representatives at the Lagos Judicial Panel refused to sit during Saturday’s session. After the Central Bank of Nigeria obtained a court order to freeze the bank accounts of Adegoke Pamilerin and Bolatito Oduala, popularly known as Rinu alongside 17 others linked to the End SARS protests, the youth reps boycotted the Saturday’s sitting. Anakle CEO, Editi Effiong, who was present at the venue disclosed the development.

9. The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the immediate withdrawal of police personnel attached to Femi Fani-Kayode, Hon. Abiola Sidna Peller, Sen. Magnus Abe, Emeka Offor and others. The IGP’s directive also affected corporate and religious bodies like Christ Embassy, Think Nigeria First Initiative, Uche Sylva International, Stanel Groups, KYC Holding, Sheiks and Bishops and many others.

10. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced a total of 59 new coronavirus infections in the country. The NCDC made this known via its Twitter account on Saturday. The health agency said that the new infections were recorded from eight states with no COVID-19-related death in the last 24 hours in the country.


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